O’Keefe’s slide

Also known as Dan O’Keefe’s, Dan O’Keeffe’s, Dan O’Ryarke’s, Danny Ab’s, Danny Ab’s No. 1, Denis O’Keefe’s, Kerry Slide No. 2, Knocknaboul, O’Keeffe’s, Padraig O’Keefe’s Slides No. 1.

There are 80 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Road To Lisdoonvarna (a few times), Johnny Leary’s (a few times).

O'Keefe's has been added to 548 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: O'Keefe's
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:A2e e2d BAB d2B|A2e e2d B2A GAB|A2e e2d BAB d3|BAB d2e B2A A3:|
|:e2a a2b a2g e2d|efg a2b a2g e2f|g3 gfe dBA G3|BAB d2e B2A A3:|
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X: 2
T: O'Keefe's
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: E2B B2A FEF A2B | E2B B2A F2D DEF |
E2B B2A FEF A2B | FEF B2F F2E E2D :|
|: B2e e2f e2d B2A | B2e e2f e2d B2c |
d2e dcB ABA FED | FEF B2F F2E E2D :|
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X: 3
T: O'Keefe's
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: DE2BB2 A FEF A2| FE2 BB2 A F2DD|EFE2 BB2 A FEF A2|FEF A2 BF2 EE3|
|: dB2 ee fe2d B2A2|B2ee fe2d2B2|c#2 d2ed2 B2AFED|E FEF A2 BF2 EE3|
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X: 4
T: O'Keefe's
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
E |A3 e2 d BAB d2 B | A3 e2 d B2 G GFG |
A3 e2 d BAB d2 B | BAB d2 e B2 A A2 E |
A3 e2 d BAB d/e/dB | A2 g e2 d B2 e G2 B |
A2 g e2 d BAB d2 B | BAB d2 e B/c/BA A3 ||
e2 a a2 b a2 g e2 d | e2 a a2 b a2 g e2 f |
g2 f g2 e dBA G3 | BAB d2 e B2 A A3 |
e2 a a2 b a2 g e/f/ed | e2 a a2 b a/b/ag e2 f |
g/f/gf g/f/ge dBA G2 A | BAB d2 e B/c/BA A2 |]
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Nine comments

This is a very popular slide with a sprightly feel to it.

For variation on the fiddle, you could play the opening notes by droning the open A and E strings. That climactic high G near the end of the second part could be turned into a nice triplet or even a roll.

Because this tune doesn’t go any lower than a G, it’s the perfect opportunity to try a Sliabh Luachra technique called "Playing The Bass". This is when two or more fiddlers are playing a tune and one one of them plays the melody an octave lower.

Isn’t that done more often in Donegal?

O’Keefe’s

I learned this tune from an old Chieftains recording. Very simple, but still very nice, in my opinion. I have heard it played in two different keys. Paul McNevin and the Cottars play it in the key as posted, but everyone else I’ve heard plays it in Em. Both are easy to play on the whistle. Does anyone know the origins of this tune?

-Max

Art O’Keefe

This one shows up in CRE2 (#86, if you’re counting) as a nameless waif or stray (not sure how you tell the difference). The notes say it was gathered from a whistle player named Art O’Keefe in 1970, which might account for the name. Bohola calls the same tune "Dan O’Keefe’s" on their first recording.

Another take

X: 1
T: Gan Ainm
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
R: slide
K: Edor
|: E2B B2A FEF A2B | E2B B2A F2D DEF |
E2B B2A FEF A2B | FEF B2F F2E E2D :|
|: B2e e2f e2d B2A | B2e e2f e2d B2c |
d2e dcB ABA FED | FEF B2F F2E E2D :|

“O’Keefe’s Slide” ~ the previous rescued duplication

Key signature: E Dorian
Submitted on March 31st 2008 by Sean MacOda Criobhan.
~ /tunes/8398

Dont know much about it…picked it up at a session recently. I was able to get it by ear because it reminds me of a couple other tunes I know. I was given a book of sheet music from that same session and this is in it, but I dont have that handy and I’m sure my setting is different. I’ll have to refer back to it.

Duplication! ~ Thanks DOW… AHHH! The key. I didnt even look at another key, it seemed so perfect on the fiddle in E.

# Posted on March 31st 2008 by Sean MacOda Criobhan

You forgot your notes!!! ;-)

X: 4 “Padraig O’Keefe’s Slides No. 1”

S: “Jimmy Doyle & Dan O’Leary: Traditional Music From The Kingdom Of Kerry”
http://thesession.org/recordings/1247 ~ track 12 (side B, track 5), the 2nd slide of two.

Q: 135 bpm (1 beat = three quavers/eigth notes)

I have also learned this one direct as well from other living sources and situations where the average tempos varied from 130 to 150 bpm (1 beat = three quavers/eighth notes)…

Oops! ~ the ‘1st’ slide of two… :-/